Chaplain Services and Spiritual Care

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Welcome to the Seton Healthcare Family Chaplain Services website. Chaplains are available to assist you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. During business hours (8 AM to 4 PM), you can reach a Staff Chaplain by calling the Chaplain Services Network office at 512-324-1480, or by calling the Chaplain’s office at a specific hospital:

Chaplain Services Office Numbers:

University Medical Center at Brackenridge (512) 324-7480
Seton Medical Center Austin (512) 324-1480
Seton Medical Center Hays (512) 504-5130
Seton Medical Center Williamson (512) 324-1467
Seton Northwest Hospital (512) 324-6480
Dell Children’s Medical Center (512) 324-0153

After 4 PM or on weekends, please dial 512-324-1000, or "0" if you are calling from inside the hospital, and request that the on-call Chaplain be paged. If your request is not urgent, please leave a voicemail message at one of the above numbers. You may also ask hospital staff to contact a Chaplain for you. As well, we will be happy to contact your own clergy if requested.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Chaplain Services Department at the Seton Healthcare Family is to provide spiritual and emotional care to our patients, their families, and our staff, regardless of their faith tradition, or for those with no religious affiliation. Caring for the whole person includes providing spiritual and emotional support during times of joy or suffering, calm or crisis, at the beginning of life or the end of life. We are prepared to assist in your spiritual journey through prayer, spiritual counseling, religious sacraments, or simply by listening to your story.

Description of Services:

  • Spiritual Assessments
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Ethical decision-making
  • Religious sacraments (including anointing, emergency baptisms, and communion)
  • End of life support
  • Assistance with Advance Directives
  • Catholic Mass
  • Memorial Services
  • Eucharistic Minister training

About Chaplain Services:

In addition to providing spiritual and emotional care, Staff Chaplains are members of the interdisciplinary patient care team. Our Chaplains serve on numerous committees, including hospital Ethics Committees. They are trained in Crisis Management and are available to facilitate during critical situations. They maintain close ties to our community through various outreach programs, and they are active participants in our Nursing Program, a network wide RN residency program. All of our Chaplains are board certified, or are eligible for certification, by the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC), the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) or the National Association of Jewish Chaplains (NAJC). Our Staff Chaplains are assisted in their ministry by Chaplain Residents, Externs, and Interns. To learn more about our CPE Program, please click on the CPE link.

Catholic Priests:

The Seton Healthcare Family has three full time Priests who serve our hospitals. Fr. Anthony Nwudah is Sacramental Priest/Chaplain assigned to Seton Medical Center Austin. Fr. Frank Zlotkowski, CSC, is the Priest/Chaplain assigned to University Medical Center Brackenridge, and Fr. J. C. Cain is assigned to Dell Children's Medical Center.

Community Clergy

We encourage local clergy to visit their hospitalized church members. A hospital chaplain will visit your church member if requested. To make a visitation request, contact the Chaplain Services Network office at 324-1480, or call the Chaplain’s office at a specific hospital. The telephone numbers for the Chaplain’s office at each hospital are listed above. After hours, you can request the hospital operator to contact the on call Chaplain for you.

We offer parking passes to all local clergy members (one pass per church please). To obtain a Clergy parking pass, please visit the Chaplain Services Network office located on the ground floor of Seton Medical Center Austin, 1201 W. 38th Street, during the hours of 8 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday. We request that you have a business card with you when you come to the office.